Most reviews that I have found, mainly videos, were extremely vague. They simply showed the view, but not the balcony itself. Of course the view is what makes the balcony, but being able to simply enjoy the balcony is important also! Which is why I believe we were hesitant at first but figured that this would be fun to try out.
Upon arriving to the room, we notice it is smaller then past rooms that we had. Which is of course due to the balcony, being the size the it is, it has to take away from the size of the room. So because of this, it might make it more ideal for couples but it is still manageable for smaller families. (check photos below!) So we got out to the balcony and got a pleasant surprise. It's big alright and has enough room to comfortably rest. There were two chairs and a table, the same as all balconies. Not only that, but the front of the balcony that is part of the ships hull makes a fantastic place to rest your feet after a long day! It has plenty of privacy and really makes a great balcony because you have you own little cozy space in on this big ship.
There are a couple things to realize having a cove balcony. They only exist on the 2nd floor. Therefore they are close to the water. If you do not like being that close, I don't recommend it. It's not that close that you can dip your hand into it, but it is close enough to hear the waves break and basically make all those wonderful water sounds Another thing is that if the ship is booking it somewhere, sticking your head out to look at the front or back can prove hazardous to ones hair. It wasn't really a night of rough water, but a steady stream of water spray was coming back and simply drenching anyone who poked their heads out. However, keep your head in the cove balcony, all was fine! The last real problem I ever had, was everything tended to get pretty salty out there at times. However, they are perfectly aware of this and spray down the balconies if they ever get to crusty with salt. (Keep your things inside just in case!)
Here is another thing with the Carnival Dream. They have a new thing, which I am sure you all are aware of which is the 5th floor wrap around deck. This also has hot tubs on them and many places to sit, relax to tan or sleep and on some days they have a buffet down there. Now because of this people on the 6th floor have their balconies still but they now over look the wrap around deck and the ocean. A long with all the other balconies. This sacrifices some of the balconies privacy because while in the hot tub, you can look up and see people out on their balconies. While this isn't a bad thing, because the deck was great, you do see things you might wish you didn't. For instance, I was in the hot tub to get away from the over crowded pools and here comes this couple. They were fine but immediately started to make out and the husband promptly beings to blow raspberries between the womans breast. Now this would be all fine and dandy, had not anyone been there but because we were leaving dock, most of the people had gathered out on their decks. Some brave souls looked down into the hot tub and got a show I'm sure most wished they wouldn't have saw. I would hate to have seen a look on a kids face if they had seen that! I watched as others on the balcony gave faces and some of them where laughing and closing their eyes in mock embarrassment!
However, this is where the privacy comes into play. The cove balconies are obviously below this line and literally right below the lifeboats. No one if they wanted to could look in the balcony, the only time someone can actually look up at you is if the boat as docked on your side. Thus meaning a world of privacy! I also must admit, I loved watching the pilot boats coming close to the boat and little tidbits like that!
I have some photos which gives you a view of the balcony and also the view from the balcony. I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this balcony. I highly recommend it to anyone, it's a cheap secret and should really be enjoyed by anyone who gets the opportunity!